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Old 04-27-2005, 02:38 PM   #15
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I am a little suprised there isn't more Durmax's. Don't get me wrong, my PSD has been great, but I have a lot of respect for Chevy and Dodge.

Just some thoughts.
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Old 04-28-2005, 03:50 AM   #16
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:46 AM   #17
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01 Dodge 2500 CTD. With lots and lots of toys on it. Let's just say that I really use that EGT gauge and the dual 4" exhaust.

Only problem is it's a shortbed with BedRug carpet kit and locking, alarmed, fiberglass tonneau. We really want to go from our 25' TT to a 32' Fiver, but don't want to give up my truck. It's turning out to be a real dilemna. I have a deal ready to sign with a local dealer if I can work out the towing setup.

If I do end up with a different truck, it will be a Dodge Ram CTD dually. I will never own another truck that does not have a Cummins engine, unless they quit making them.
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Old 04-28-2005, 12:07 PM   #18
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Well, with a 2500, you'll likely have an issue with the high pin weight of a larger 5th wheel versus the truck's GVWR, but you probably are already aware of that.

Insofar as the short bed is concerned, the "silver bullet" is a sliding 5th wheel hitch to eliminate any 5th wheel-to-cab contact problems.

I hear ya on the EGT - glad somebody besides me is driving by the pyrometer!

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The unit we are looking at is a Wildcat 31QBH - 32' total length. Pin weight is only 1,400 lbs. GVWR is 11,670. Both are well within my specs. I'm much less concerned about weight than I am fit.

I already have a B&W turnoverball gooseneck under the bed. I want to use a 5th wheel companion, but that will not give me full 90* clearance. Adding a slider means first having to give up the B&W so I can install underbed rails, because I cannot have rails in my bed when my hitch isn't there. Not to mention the slider I would prefer (Superglide) adds an extra $2K of expense to the puzzle. Ouch.

Oh well. I'll save all that for another thread. Don't want to derail this one.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by thecatsfan:
The unit we are looking at is a Wildcat 31QBH - 32' total length. Pin weight is only 1,400 lbs. GVWR is 11,670. Both are well within my specs. I'm much less concerned about weight than I am fit. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>That's good. I'm not about to give you a hard time about weight - in my current situation, that's a "pot calling the kettle black" issue.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I already have a B&W turnoverball gooseneck under the bed. I want to use a 5th wheel companion, but that will not give me full 90* clearance. Adding a slider means first having to give up the B&W so I can install underbed rails, because I cannot have rails in my bed when my hitch isn't there. Not to mention the slider I would prefer (Superglide) adds an extra $2K of expense to the puzzle. Ouch. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I realize an extended pin box won't help in a full 90* situation, but that might be the best you can do if you want to keep the B&W. It would be worth checking to see if that's an option for your new 5ver.

The B&W companion 5th wheel hitch has some adjustability regarding location of the hitch pin centerline as well as height. I have my B&W set up with the centerline about 2" in front of the rear axle (we have a LB dually), but it could be moved more to the rear if that would help your situation. Of course, this gets to be a balancing act (no pun intended) between clearance and towing characteristics/axle weights, etc.

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This unit does have an extended pin so that helps. The B&W has a maximum offset of 7" from the center of the hole to the kingpin location. There's 4" of adjustability from the front to back mounting position. I just can't tell if it's enough. I'm going to be a measuring fool tonight. Fortunately, it's snowing like crazy here and my truck doesn't fit in the garage while the wife's boat is in there.
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( if my wife had her own boat in the garage, i might be inclined to ask her if i could have a second truck of my own just for towing OUR new 5er )
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Yeah, but instead she wants to replace her 03 Grand Cherokee with a new Hemi Grand Cherokee. I think she wants to be able to outpull me when I have the trailer and she has the boat.
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Right now we just have about a 20' TT but we tow with a 97 4WD Burb. It handles it just fine.
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I have a 04 ford f250 with the triton 5.4L. i haul a 26ft tt with no problem.
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2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with Cummins and auto.

Still waiting for the 5er to come in, but we bought the truck first to make sure it would pull whatever 5er we decided on.
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Pulling with a 2001.5 dodge 2500 ctd upgraded auto with a few under the hood goodies.
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